Stephen Clemence is convinced that Birmingham City's season is starting to grind into gear and he desperately wants to be part of the engine room that drives it forward.
The 27-year-old former Tottenham Hotspur midfieder made his first start in two months at Arsenal last Sunday after a spell on the sidelines.
He was left out of Steve Bruce's starting line-up after the 3-0 debacle at home to Middlesbrough and then sustained a hamstring injury that ensured he was left kicking his heels as Birmingham's injury crisis laid up a whole midfield.
However, he was handed his chance against Arsenal and he grabbed it with both hands and held his own comfortably against Gilberto and Cesc Fabregas.
But the very fact that Clemence played in central midfield gave him a sporting chance of cementing a regular role in a competitive midfield.
With player such as Nicky But, Jiri Jarosik, David Dunn, Muzzy Izzet and Mehdi Nafti still on the sidelines competition for places will be as fierce as it has ever been when the injury list subsides.
Yet Clemence is glad to have been handed another opportunity after being marooned on the left wing against Middlesbrough in August. He is the first to admit that wing wizardry is not his forte and does not envisage stepping out wide again.
He said: "The manager and I have had a chat about me playing wide on the left and I don't think I will be playing there again.
"He knows it is best for both of us if I don't," he added, with a wry smile. "It is a difficult position for me, as I am not going to run at people and I am not a winger.
"I like to be around opponents where I can get close to them, put pressure on the ball and try and get a bit of it myself.
"Sometimes I feel as though I am out of the game for long spells on the left. I like to receive the ball and pass it on quickly but, when I am playing wide, I get it, pass it and then might not touch it again for another ten minutes."
But Clemence is still anxious to play a big part in Birmingham's future, as he is convinced the wheels are starting to turn.
It has been a disappointing start to the campaign in terms of results but, in terms of performances, there has been a chink of light during the last two fixtures.
They could easily have quadrupled their points tally against Liverpool and Arsenal despite playing virtually a full game with only ten men.
Clemence believes it is only a matter of time before that positive vibe manifests itself into the hard currency of points.
"The gaffer knows that we gave it our all at Arsenal and he can see that the wheels are starting to turn," added Clemence.
"We are starting to gel, getting in synch and heading towards where the manager wants us to be.
"He knows that he has got a great squad now - the best he has ever had - and it is down to us players to put in the performances on the pitch, which I think we are slowly starting to do.
"Obviously the result didn't go as I would have liked at Arsenal.
"But I was pleased with my performance and I want to hold down a regular place."